Ancestral land commission appointed

21 February 2019 | Agriculture

President Hage Geingob this afternoon announced the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into claims of ancestral land rights.
The second national land conference adopted 169 resolutions to be implemented by government and among them was the issue of ancestral land claims and restitution.
The members include High Court Judge Shafimana Uietele as the chair, Faneul Kapaama as deputy, Neels Kooper, Anna Fredericks, Willem Konjore, Ryno van der Merwe, Inge Murangi, Jeaneth Kuhanga, Uhuru Dempers, Helmke von Bach, Nadia Le Hane, Joseph van der Westhuizen, Professor Lazarus Hangula, Marius Kudumo and Chief Immaneul /Gaseb.
Geingob reminded the members to be mindful of the complexity of ancestral land claims in the interest of maintaining peace and stability in Namibia by ensuring that the fundamental rights and freedoms contained in our constitution are not infringed upon.
“I ask you to be mindful of the fact that work you are expected to carry out should be evidence-based and enriched by national, regional and international experience while never losing sight of the unique characteristics of Namibia’s past experience of colonialism and apartheid occupation. I expect you to be impartial in the execution of your responsibilities as members of the commission,” he said.
JEMIMA BEUKES

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